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Valenciennes to Le Quesnoy - A view from our expert author
This is the green face of Le Nord.
Lying on the surprisingly rural outskirts of Valenciennes are a scattering of villages. These offer accommodation ideally suited to those seeking a base from which to tour the Avenois or combine it with visits to such tourist cities as Cambrai, Douai and even Lille. They are equally as attractive for those who prefer the on-the-doorstep advantages of Le Quesnoy or Valenciennes for eating out or shopping. Hiking and horseriding are among activities featured locally.